"The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me." - Larry Bird

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"We’re mirrors of each other," Johnson said. "I may smile a little bit more, but the way we play the game of basketball was exactly the same because we would do anything to win. We didn’t care about scoring points. We cared about winning the game and making our teammates better. That’s why we were able to change not only basketball but able to change the NBA, too." - Magic Johnson on Larry Bird
Magic and Bird.

"We’re mirrors of each other," Johnson said. "I may smile a little bit more, but the way we play the game of basketball was exactly the same because we would do anything to win. We didn’t care about scoring points. We cared about winning the game and making our teammates better. That’s why we were able to change not only basketball but able to change the NBA, too." - Magic Johnson on Larry Bird

Magic and Bird.

May 29, 1980 - Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA Rookie of the Year

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Larry Bird was named NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists, and leading the Boston Celtics to a then-record 32-game improvement (29-53 to 61-21). He was also named to the All-Rookie Team, first-team All-NBA and finished third in MVP voting.

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"The key to being a good shooter is balance. Everything follows balance." - Larry Bird

From the ground up.

"I never learned anything by losing.’ - Larry Bird

Losing is for losers.

"The first thing I would do every morning was look at the box scores to see what Magic Johnson did. I didn’t care about anything else.” - Larry Bird

Everything else was irreverent.

"It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can get the ball to the scorer." - Larry Bird

Let me assist you that bucket.

"Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players." - Larry Bird

Larry Legend on leadership.

Apr. 13, 1986 - Boston Celtics end the NBA season with a 40-1 home record

In 1985–86 the Boston Celtics fielded one of the best teams in NBA history. Under head coach K.C. Jones , the Celtics finished the regular season with a record of 67–15, going 40–1 at home (37–1 at the Boston Garden, 3–0 at the Hartford Civic Center). This team is generally considered to be the best of Larry Bird's career as he won his third consecutive MVP award after having arguably his finest season.

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Mar. 24, 1979 - Larry Bird (Indiana State) advances to face Magic Johnson (Michigan State) in the NCAA finals

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This was the first tournament in which all teams were seeded by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. The top six seeds in each regional received byes to the second round, while seeds 7-10 played in the first round. In the semi-finals, Larry Bird tallied 35 points, 16 rebounds,and 9 assists as Indiana State Sycamores advanced to the NCAA finals. Magic Johnson of Michigan State Spartans recorded a triple double 29 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists as they advance to NCAA finals. To this day, the 1979 NCAA finals remains the highest-rated game in the history of televised college basketball. Michigan State, coached by Jud Heathcote, defeated Indiana State coached by Bill Hodges, 75–64.

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Mar. 12, 1985 - Larry Bird scored a career high 60 points

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Larry Bird's scoring achievement came just nine days after teammate Kevin McHale scored a Boston Celtics record 56 points.

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"I really don’t count my shots. I just shoot until I feel good." - Larry Bird

Don’t even keep count.

Feb. 4, 1993 - The Boston Celtics retired Larry Bird’s #33

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Drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978, Larry Bird started at small forward and power forward for thirteen seasons, spearheading one of the NBA’s most formidable frontcourts that included center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale.

Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times. He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards. He finished his career with averages of more than 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists per game, while shooting 49.6% from the field, 88.6% from the free throw line and 37.6% from three-point range.

"Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird." —Magic Johnson, as quoted at Bird’s retirement party.

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"You could never back down. Once you do, people look at you different. You had to stand up for everything you believed in, even if it’s only playing basketball. If somebody took the gloves off and wanted to go, you had to go." - Larry Bird

Larry Legend.

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